Last time, we began introduced our journey through the three key elements of getting your church to the “next level.” This week, let’s look at the first of these–Excellence.
Excellence asks the question, “Are we doing things well?” As the label implies, this element focuses on the quality with which we do what we do. Getting to the next level will always require an increase in the quality of ministry effort. We simply must learn to do what we do better and better.
Excellence also speaks of how well we do the right things. For example, how is the quality of our public presentation? Are our primary ministries done with excellence? Do we give our best or do people experience a haphazard effort when they encounter us?
Now, I now that some of us want to resist here. We know that ministry is far more than just quality presentation–and we’re right! If your platform presentation exceeds your discipleship production, your church will grow but not in a healthy manner. For some greater excellence seems like a short-cut to where they want to go, so they trek to numerous conferences, never missing a chance to see how to do it better.
As we will see in the next two weeks, excellence can never stand alone in the pursuit of greater effectiveness, but it must be a part of the mix. Don’t let yourself become too proud or defensive to learn from those who reached your desired level ahead of you.
One way to improve your excellence is to take a look at how someone at your desired next level does things. You can learn a lot from the quality efforts of others so don’t be afraid to learn from the best, or at least those who are doing things better.
Large churches often speak of DNA. Their level of excellence is a large part of what they mean. They have a way of doing things that can often be injected into a new place or even a struggling place with rapid results.
So if you want to get to the next level, you need to look at the major pieces of your current ministry effort. Consider ways to elevate the quality of your effort. Don’t let status quo become your church’s DNA. Learn from others and apply some of their insights where you see potential. Keep yourself growing and your own excellence climbing and you can remove some of the barriers currently standing between you and the greater effectiveness you long for.
But don’t leave us now…you don’t want to get to the next level riding excellence alone. Next week, we’ll add another component and in our final week, we’ll see the most critical piece of all–the one that will take you to your next level, no matter where you are at today.